The Secretary Of State Answering Congressional Critics Of the Obama Administration

I watched some of Secretary of State Clinton's testimony before a House committee today. She was good. TPM has her exchange with Mike Pence (R-IN):

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    HRC was amazing today. (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Joelarama on Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 07:07:43 PM EST
    Obama has a forceful, articulate spokesman on foreign affairs.

    Kind of like Blair for Bush.  Except Hillary is advocating the right policies, and Obama can promote his foreign policy equally well.

    pssst! (5.00 / 5) (#9)
    by nycstray on Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 07:16:46 PM EST
    spokesPERSON  ;)

    Fine. I find that construction a (3.66 / 3) (#10)
    by Joelarama on Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 07:18:13 PM EST
    bit cumbersome, but I see your point.

    Well, that's just another thing (none / 0) (#18)
    by Cream City on Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 09:08:40 PM EST
    to which the answer is: Get over it.

    Why not just spokeswoman? (none / 0) (#29)
    by Dr Molly on Thu Apr 23, 2009 at 06:30:50 AM EST
    Since that's what she is.

    Spokesbeing? (none / 0) (#16)
    by The Addams Family on Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 08:38:19 PM EST
    Spokeshominoid (5.00 / 1) (#28)
    by mg7505 on Thu Apr 23, 2009 at 01:42:29 AM EST
    or maybe Spokeso sapien?

    She's got guts! (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by Lil on Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 07:15:33 PM EST
    she doesn't take it from anyone it seems.

    I really liked her answer (5.00 / 2) (#12)
    by Steve M on Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 07:25:19 PM EST
    An appropriate combination of humility and assertiveness, I thought.

    I sure wish John Kerry had been willing to be this clear about the fact that, golly gee whiz, we have a different approach to foreign policy from Bush and we actually think it's the right thing to do.

    That woman makes me smile <n/t> (5.00 / 4) (#24)
    by FreakyBeaky on Thu Apr 23, 2009 at 12:07:49 AM EST

    And that ladies and Gentlemen is how it's done! (5.00 / 3) (#27)
    by mexboy on Thu Apr 23, 2009 at 01:36:27 AM EST

    SoS testemony (5.00 / 1) (#33)
    by Carolyn in Baltimore on Thu Apr 23, 2009 at 09:27:29 AM EST
    Watching Hilary on this (and her comment on Cheney!) I had to reflect on when Condi testimonied and laugh. Gone are the 'do not recalls' and the filibustering and the 'couldn't foresees' and the 'couldn't have changed' and the patently obvious lies for someone standing up for the policies and actively doing things to improve our nations standing and relationships.

    You GO, girl!!!

    She is still amazing (5.00 / 1) (#37)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Apr 23, 2009 at 10:12:44 AM EST
    After all these years :)

    Poor Pence (2.80 / 5) (#2)
    by Catch 22 on Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 06:50:46 PM EST
    He looked like a whipped little puppy dog after Clinton tore him a new one. Too bad she isn't President. We need someone who can talk straight and tough like she can instead of the smile and double-talk we have now.

    Well (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by bocajeff on Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 07:06:09 PM EST
    Talk about losing an election and needing to get over it. I'm just saying...

    Yeah I know what you mean (5.00 / 3) (#13)
    by Catch 22 on Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 07:40:27 PM EST
    Had Obama lost and Clinton won the Obama people would be bowing at her feet with no second thought of losing. President Clinton bumper stickers for everyone! LOL.

    Yes. Hillary said it yesterday. (5.00 / 2) (#30)
    by lilybart on Thu Apr 23, 2009 at 07:32:49 AM EST
    When she tore the GOP a new a$$hole, she said President Obama WON and he beat ME in the primary, so let's all get with the program that the people wanted!!!

    She is fabulous and I am so happy we have BOTH of them in positions of power.


    the look on pence's face (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by sancho on Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 09:42:50 PM EST
    as she schooled him was priceless. at the end, he even seemed to accept his 'd' with something approaching dignity.

    About time someone in power (none / 0) (#1)
    by Socraticsilence on Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 06:40:25 PM EST
    pointed out the fact that much of the GOP/Conservative discontent is due to the fact that they lost and can't accept the consequences of that.

    It was no different when Clinton won. (none / 0) (#6)
    by Joelarama on Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 07:11:46 PM EST
    Republicans are the real Americans.  They are entitled to run the country.  They will engage in any level of lying, smearing and threats to get power back, despite the will of the electorate.

    Lemon democracy? (none / 0) (#15)
    by andgarden on Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 08:21:00 PM EST
    Well (none / 0) (#5)
    by TeresaInSnow2 on Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 07:10:07 PM EST
    I think politics isn't team sports.  When you really feel your position was right, you shouldn't roll over like a lap dog and say, oh, I get over it.  You should fight on, regardless of your political affiliation.

    Unfortunately, the politicians in Washington, Clinton included, consider politics team sports.

    Governing is a team sport. (5.00 / 2) (#7)
    by Joelarama on Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 07:12:39 PM EST
    That's what Clinton is saying.

    I actually happen to agree with the policy (none / 0) (#14)
    by andgarden on Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 08:20:19 PM EST
    I am not sure I would be so approving if I disagreed.

    Hillary is the shiz-nit (none / 0) (#17)
    by ericinatl on Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 08:50:49 PM EST
    For reals.

    Barack Obama (none / 0) (#19)
    by NYShooter on Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 09:37:12 PM EST
    must have been watching her performance, his feet up on the coffee table, blowing a perfect cigar smoke ring, showing nothing but teeth ear to ear, and saying to himself, "big daddy, you sure can pick'm." LOL

    every time I see her I want to scream at the super (none / 0) (#21)
    by Bornagaindem on Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 10:14:37 PM EST
    delegates see if it wasn't for you we could have had this articulate think on your feet woman as our president instead of the stumbling bumbling can't talk without a telepromter O-blah blah  we have today.

    Hope BO stays out on the campaign trail and lets the grown ups run  our foreign policy. (Too bad we don't have a grown up in charge of the treasury can we clone her?)

    Hillary for Vice-President (none / 0) (#22)
    by Swmbo on Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 10:30:38 PM EST
    What if Joe Biden decided not to run a second term as Vice-President?  Wouldn't Hillary make an excellent choice as a replacement?

    I like her better as SoS (5.00 / 1) (#23)
    by nycstray on Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 11:19:05 PM EST
    seems like she has better leverage there to get things done. So far she's shining in/on the job.

    They'll prob move some younger white guy into VP in 2012 and then run him in 2016. And we'll be back where we started. It's always been about "the boyz"  ;)


    They'll move Kathleen Sibelius into the VP slot (none / 0) (#25)
    by Spamlet on Thu Apr 23, 2009 at 12:47:20 AM EST
    and the superdelegates will back her for the presidential nomination in 2012. They want a woman president, you see--just not "that woman."

    Make that 2016, if Obama serves 2 terms (none / 0) (#26)
    by Spamlet on Thu Apr 23, 2009 at 12:48:13 AM EST
    Has the V.P. (none / 0) (#34)
    by CST on Thu Apr 23, 2009 at 09:36:03 AM EST
    ever changed in between terms?

    I see 2016 as being another wide open election, if Obama wins a second term.

    Personally, that's fine with me.


    Hm (none / 0) (#35)
    by Steve M on Thu Apr 23, 2009 at 09:46:24 AM EST
    Not since 1944, I reckon.  Of course that was a pretty important one.

    interesting (none / 0) (#36)
    by CST on Thu Apr 23, 2009 at 09:57:45 AM EST
    I forgot that little nugget of history.

    Still don't see it happening - there are no similar concerns about Obama's health - and no one expects Biden to be president.


    Lincoln: (none / 0) (#39)
    by oculus on Thu Apr 23, 2009 at 10:30:02 AM EST
    Hannibal Hamlin was VP first term; Andrew Johnson was VP second term.  

    She would be wasted there. nt (5.00 / 1) (#31)
    by lilybart on Thu Apr 23, 2009 at 07:33:36 AM EST
    Out of curiosity (none / 0) (#32)
    by Jjc2008 on Thu Apr 23, 2009 at 08:32:35 AM EST
    I read the blogs, saw the video posted, about Hillary's outstanding performance.  So I sort of expected some mention on the so called progressive's favorite network, MSNBC.  No surprise to me that the only thing Chris Mathews mentioned was Hillary's compliment to Ron Paul supporters (and of course his mention had a sneer to it but we all know how Matthews feels about Hillary anyway).  So did Rachel mention it?  KO?  Schultz?   I was busy last night and curious to how any of these Hillary haters felt about her standing up to the rethugs and defending BO......so forcibly???

    The look on Pence's face was (none / 0) (#38)
    by Anne on Thu Apr 23, 2009 at 10:26:02 AM EST

    I am so glad that Hillary is not afraid to speak her mind and put these yahoos in their place.